"It was cool to have a chance to listen to a real person speak about what he went through during the Holocaust. He was the most credible source that we could have. I learned a lot more through his pictures and stories." ~ Boys Latin Charter School student
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Alex Redner was born in Lvov, Poland. His father was a doctor and his mother attended university. He was 10 years old when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II. Immediately, according to the Non-Aggression Pact, Lvov was occupied by the Soviet Union.
The German army occupied Lvov, the third largest city of Poland, on June 30, 1941. The Nazis systematic murder of the Jews started immediately, with a steadily increasing brutality, by starvation, relocation to the ghetto, and finally by deportation to concentration and death camps.
In November 1941 the ghetto was established and by March 1942 the Nazis began to deport the Jews to the Belzec death camp.
The Redner family started their effort to escape murder using a variety of means. In January of 1943 Alex and his mother escaped the Lvov ghetto. With help from Polish friends, they found a hiding place in a nearby small village. They remained in hiding for 18 months, until the region was liberated in July 1944, more than 3 years after the occupation.
Upon returning to their apartment, they found out that only 2% of the prewar Jewish population of Lvov survived after the German and Ukrainian forces murdered approximately 120,000 in Belzec, Majdanek, and the nearby Janowska forced labor camp.
After liberation the Redner family left Poland. Alex enrolled in engineering school in France and graduated in 1951. They moved to the United States in 1958. In 1985 he started his own company in North Wales, PA and retired in 2002. During his 50 years of professional career, he obtained 10 US patents, and wrote over 60 research papers in the field of optics and mechanics.